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The Fog of War

Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara
(DVD - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Fog of War


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The story of American politics and military policies as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara is a controversial and influential political figure. He offers a candid journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers insights into the 1945 fire bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War.
Statement of Responsibility: Sony Pictures Classics presents @radical.media & SenArt Films production in association with the Globe Department Store ; producers, Michael Williams, Julie Ahlberg ; produced & directed by Errol Morris
Title: The fog of war
eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment,, c2004
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) :,sd., col. and b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in.
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Report This Apr 09, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Originally released as a motion picture documentary in 2003, this 107-minute interview with McNamara will give you an astonishing, chilling and sometuimes horrifying insights into the bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the effects of the Vietnam War. During World War II, McNamara worked under General Curtis LeMay. One episode really impressed me. LeMay switched from high-altitude precision bombing to low-altitude nighttime incendiary attacks on Japanese targets. For the firebombing of Tokyo on the night of March 9–10, 1945 (the most destructive bombing raid of the war), LeMay ordered the defensive guns removed from 325 B-29s, loaded each plane with Model M-47 incendiary clusters, magnesium bombs, white phosphorus bombs, and napalm, and ordered the bombers to fly in streams at 5,000 to 9,000 feet (1,500 to 2,700 m) over Tokyo. General LeMay was informed by a senior staff member, Colonel William P. Fisher, that bomber pilots were turning back from these low altitude bombing runs due to heavy anti-aircraft fire from Japanese defense forces. Some crew were killed by the Japanese anti-aircraft fire. One of bomber captains got mad at LeMay, who told the captain that the operation killed 100,000 civilians, destroying 250,000 buildings while incinerating 16 square miles (41 km2) of the city at the cost of only some American lives. LeMay was aware of the implication of his orders. The New York Times reported at the time, "Maj. Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, commander of the B-29s of the entire Marianas area, declared that if the war is shortened by a single day, the attack will have served its purpose." The argument was that it was his duty to carry out the attacks in order to end the war as quickly as possible, sparing further loss of life. He also remarked that had the U.S. lost the war, he fully expected to be tried for war crimes. I seem to come to the moment of truth that, nicknamed as "The Demon," General Curtis Emerson LeMay must have been involved in the conspiracy of JFK's death in order to protect both the military-industrial complex and the American Establishment at the cost of a single person---the then US President.

Report This Apr 25, 2013
  • dhblaine rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you watch this documentary, it is important for you to get past your personal feelings about McNamara and Johnson. If you can do that, this movie present some profoundly important ideas on a subject that you will find nowhere else. The movie is a singular opportunity to learn from one of the most notorious war-wagers in US history. Even if you hate him, how could you not be fascinated by his extremely unique hindsight? These 11 lessons are a rare opportunity - the instruction manual for avoiding future wars if we and our leaders listen. (Too bad CheneyRumsfeld refused to listen)

The galling outcome of this man's influence on and then instigation of a policy of killing people ( the Vietnamese deaths totalled nearly two million) while disregarding the vast intelligence and background of many firstclass military and long-standing foreign-service people high in the ranks of the State and Defense Departments simply cannot be forgotten nor forgiven, ever. The people advising him had been there,lived there, knew the nationalist purpose (not Communist take-over by force) of the Vietnamese public. He brazenly defied these advisers and went forward in designing the war, troops, bombing, and the completely failed policy of the US murdering our way to containing what he ignorantly saw as a threat to the US and to the West. Clearly a criminal, should have been tried and sentenced.Not really foggy at all.

Report This May 12, 2012
  • tauseef365 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Although much vilified through the 60s and 70s, McNamara emerges as a complex and fascinating character and a product of his time. This film does a great job of exposing the evils, horrors and excesses of war, and is a cautionary tale for future generations who would ever think that war is the only option.

Report This May 11, 2012
  • DanieLinares rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Shameful, not very interesting. At least he recognized part of his mistakes in WWII, but he was not at the front. He tries to condone his participation in Vietnam were more than 50K USA soldiers died. Then he becomes president of the World Bank in order to reduce poverty in the world. Well, he was no good there either. The lesson for me is that people like power, and they want to maintain it as much as they can.

Report This Mar 12, 2011
  • davidehinz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

These are the Issues of our contemporary History. Anyone who is an adult will understand what's going on. And the unherald people who maintain peace in our world.

Report This May 23, 2010
  • edul rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very interesting documentary that takes the watcher through the second half of the 20th century in the USA and shows the watcher the effect that one man had on world history.

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